10 Reasons to Retire in Nashville Tennessee

By: Robert Thomson

Nashvillians are not thrilled with the labeling Nash Vegas however it is hard to deny the excitement present day and night in Nashville Tennessee, one of the best cities to live in. Country music legends like Dolly Parton launched her success in the streets of Nashville contributing to the country music craze. New gigs still follow in her footsteps on Music Row, hoping to reach the stars and become one.

When you walk the Gulch in downtown, you cannot help but sense this old neighborhood transforming itself into a contemporary new one. Why? The Gulch is walking distance from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Bridgestone Arena. Revitalized urban downtowns across America are attracting cultural snobs and wannabes which makes life interesting. You can take it fast or take it slow in Nashville. Music City is one of the best cities to live and is still incredibly affordable. From the big city lights on top of the skyscraper's in downtown to the rolling hills lined with white picket fences heading out of town, the landscape of Nashville and its suburbs are as diverse as guitar types.

Here is a list of the reasons why we think Nashville Tennessee is one of the Best States to Retire:

Live Entertainment Galore - Nashville is a music lovers paradise thus the name Music City. You could spend every weekend dancing the night away at live concerts, outdoor festivals or unplugged musical performances at intimate recording studios. In fact on Music Row, all of the Big Four record labels have headquarters in Nashville. Some people say Nashville has become the new L.A. Get to know Nashville better and you may agree. From the Grand Ole Opry to the Bridgestone Arena, the list of concert venues is as exciting as the headline performers. If music makes you feel like a kid again, Nash Vegas is the perfect place to retire and step back in time to your rock-n-roll childhood.

Southern Cookin - There are over 1,000 restaurants in Nashville Tennessee and the immediate surrounding area. Award winning restaurants include: Silly Goose, Monells Dining and Catering, Margot Cafe - Bar, Prime 108, Watermark Restaurant and Eastland Cafe. Princes Hot Chicken Shack was recently featured on Man vs Food named the Best Fried Chicken in America. Your mouth will water at all the dining choices you will have after you retire in Nashville Tennessee. You would rather cook? Shop at the weekly Nashville Farmers Market to collect fresh produce and homemade treats.

Parks, Parks and More Parks - Did you know there are over 109 public parks and Greenways within the city limits of Nashville Tennessee? Nashvillians love to play and have done a fabulous job of creating their own outdoor playgrounds while protecting the green space improving their quality of life. To me, Shelby Park has one of the most interesting bicycling and walking trail systems along the Cumberland River leading to the Grand Ole Opry. If you enjoy walking, jogging or biking, Nashville is the perfect place to mix up your work out routine and keep life interesting at retirement exploring Nashville lakes and parks.

College Vibe - Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI) at Vanderbilt University. Since early 2000, Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes has focused on providing enriching educational programs for mature students, those primarily those over age 62. On campus, Osher classes include World Architecture, American History, Classics of Musical Genres, Public Education and Family on Film to name a few. The benefits of lifelong learning for mature adults extend beyond brain fitness. Close friendships roll into frequent laughter and shared reflection of past accomplishments. Vanderbilt University is home to students of all ages, interests and creative desires. Nashville is an exciting college town and one of the best cities to live during retirement.

Art - Culture - American Style Magazine named Nashville as one of the Top 25 Art Cities. Nashville is also known as the Athens of the South because of the high quality education and historic art found in the city. Between the Tennessee State Museum, Museum of Art and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, traveling exhibits, lectures and demonstrations could keep an artist occupied for a lifetime in Nashville. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Opera and Tennessee Performing Arts Center have more calendars filled with high quality cultural performances, enjoyed by retirees who appreciate the discipline and effort performers have invested into perfecting their skills.

Job Opportunities - Retiring Baby Boomers consider the best states to retire places where part time job opportunities exist. In rural areas, part time jobs are not so easy to find. Living on the edges of a big city provides more choices and better choices when it comes to part time work at retirement. Nashville Tennessees top industry is health care. In 2005, Nissan North America relocated its headquarters to Nashville Tennessee. Between the entertainment, health care, education and automotive industry, I believe it is not hard to find a part time job at retirement in Nashville compared to other areas in Tennessee.

Top Medical Care - As I mentioned above, Nashvilles top industry is health care. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a Top Heart Hospital in America as well as having specialists in cancer, diabetes, ear nose - throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart - heart surgery, pulmonology and urology. Two Top Community Hospitals in Nashville are Saint Thomas Hospital and Centennial Hospital. If you are concerned about quality medical care in Nashville, you will find peace of mind in knowing the Nashville health care system is prepared to care for aging retirees.

Low Cost of Living - Tennessee has no state income tax. Even though the higher sales tax makes Tennessee appear more expensive, when you compare the sales tax, state income tax and real estate property taxes, you will find Tennessee is the lowest cost of living state in the South. Read the chapter in our library: Lower Cost of Living Comparison - Cities in the Southeast to learn more about why Nashville is one of the best cities to live.

Sports - I do not know about you but I suffer from football withdrawal when the NFL season ends in February. Access to professional sports venues in my home town is important to me. The Tennessee Titans call Nashville home and electrify the city during home games. If football is not your thing, the Nashville Predators take to the ice to battle competitors during the NHL season. Nashville Sounds Baseball Club play at Greer Stadium. In addition to these professional sport teams, the Vanderbilt Commodores have a long list of in house college teams to cheer for and support in Nashville.

Home Sweet Homes - Gallatin, Brentwood and Franklin are areas in Nashville with the highest inquiries for relocation. Gallatin is just north of Nashville and has the golf community Fairvue Plantation overlooking Old Lake Hickory. The Governors Club in Brentwood is a more exclusive Nashville golf club and is home to celebrities and superstars. Westhaven in Franklin is on the edge of Nashville and is an interesting urban master planned community with its own Town Center, schools and extensive amenities. For more information about these three master planned communities and to see what property owners have to say about them, write me at [email protected] I am happy to share more reasons why Nashville Tennessee is one of the best cities to live.

Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Photographer Larry Singer

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Margie Casey is the Founder of RealEstateScorecard.com, the first true real estate community scoring website in the Southeast. Casey is also the author of Relocate at Retirement or Not? available on Amazon.com

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